Kaptur highlights Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program and other nutrition and wellness services in Lucas County

August 15, 2018
Press Release

Toledo, Ohio – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) held an event at Westgate Market in Toledo with local health and nutrition experts from the Area Office of Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Neighborhood Health Association and ProMedica to highlight the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) as well as other initiatives to help ensure food security. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program helps older Americans, mostly on fixed incomes, to obtain fresh fruits and vegetables and eat nutritious locally grown foods. Other local measures discussed include food pharmacies, affordable and well-stocked grocery stores in food deserts, the importance of good nutrition to wellness, and the Seagate Food Bank and its mobile market.

“The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, is a win-win for farmers and seniors alike and I thank these groups for joining me today to highlight this program and its benefits for older Americans,” said Kaptur. “Too often our seniors are without nutritious and fresh fruits and vegetables and two decades after we pushed for this program it has proven to be both popular and put dollars in the pockets of our local growers.”

 “In a nation whose wealth is abundant but not shared by all, we continue to look for creative solutions to food insecurity,” Kaptur continued. "I encourage all to take advantage of these great initiatives to partake of and enjoy the delicious fresh produce grown by our neighbors!"

More about federal and local efforts to combat food insecurity:

This month the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $2.276 million to Produce Perks Midwest in order to expand the offering and increase access to fresh locally-grown food to 1.4 million Ohioans who receive SNAP. This nutrition incentive provides a dollar for dollar match to those using SNAP to purchase fresh produce from farmers markets and retailers in over 100 locations throughout our state, including the Toledo Farmers Market and Promedica’s Market on the Green. Produce Perks benefits our local economy, farmers, and families. Kaptur encouraged those who may be eligible to sign up for the coupons and check out the services discussed today to help with food.  

Learn more about the SFMNP program for the Area Office of Aging here.